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    bernie willaims 'ever again'
  1. soulfulsaint

    Youth Club Soul

    I recently had a conversation with Guy Hennigan and we discussed at length the youth clubs that once fed the rare soul scene, they were often highly local, mid-week and ignited peoples' passion long before they were old enough to travel to the big all-nighters. Some youth clubs are periodically mentioned in other threads but I'm trying to gauge how many there were, and how important they were to the evolution of the scene. So - what was the youth club that you attended before all-nighters and what is the record you most associate with those times. For me it was Letham Community Centre in Perth in Scotland and the track I still love is Jackie Wilson's 'Since You Showed Me How to Be happy' (Brunswick). Many of the records will not be hugely rare but that's partly the point. So place, era and record please?
  2. soulfulsaint

    News: Dean Johnson R.I.P.

    So sad to hear of your passing Dean. We lost touch as our lives went in different directions but I shared your passion and you always had an opinion, which is the true candle of life. Stay in touch all my love and respect. Cos
  3. soulfulsaint

    Junior McCants - death?

    Should have been clearer that Junior worked in an aluminum manufacturing plant
  4. soulfulsaint

    Junior McCants - death?

    I had always believed it was cancer and although I have no evidence to connect the two - his work place was pretty dire and he was regularly exposed to aluminum dust and coal-tar byproducts. The American union movement have pursued some firms for cancer related deaths especially and lung and bladder cancers and respiratory diseases too. But linking his workplace and his death are entirely my assumptions with limited proof. Not been able to track family either. Stuart Cosgrove
  5. soulfulsaint

    Features: Young Soul Rebels - Book Review

    I appreciate your kind words and support Dave. Coming from the scene that matters a lot to me.
  6. James Wells 'Baby I'm Still the Same Man'
  7. soulfulsaint

    Rare Motown - No More Tearstained Make Up

    Listening now Pete. Like you say I had forgotten how many tracks had been released. Some of these are new to me and as the wee cat said to the bowl of milk - lapping it up.
  8. soulfulsaint

    Alice Clark - What Do We Know?

    Read in a Billboard that in 1972 her album was on heavy rotation on only one radio station in USA - WHUR Washington DC. Back then it was the student radio station of Howard University, where Donald Byrd was professor of jazz studies. But for only one station to play her across the whole of the USA is a scandal.
  9. soulfulsaint

    wow john manship does it again

    My only minor addition is that JM's site is a save haven and less risky than eBay so it sells as a premium to the market, but you get what you bid on (if you win).
  10. soulfulsaint

    Ultra Rare Modern

    Hi Phil, Just came back to this thread and saw your comment. I was at Black Echoes in the electro era. A package came in from North Carolina with a 12" vocoder dance record - by the Garrett Crew, they had packed the 12" with 3 copies of Glenda McLeod. I rang the company who had already gone bust and were setting up an Amusement Arcade. So for a few weeks I had all three copies, gave one to Ian Clark (100 Club) and another to Dave Thorley (Stafford) and kept the other which I still have. Not claiming there are only three first issues as I simply don't know but not many around. Ironically, the vocoder 12" which I hated is supposedly big on the German electro scene. Great thread Simon.
  11. soulfulsaint

    News: Soul Source - 18 Years On The Road

    Big achievement lasted longer than most clubs, fanzines, record labels et al. Cheers Mike - Stuart
  12. Starting to show up in shops already - a month early. Kindle is already avaliable as is iBooks http://www.amazon.co.uk/Detroit-67-Year-That-Changed-ebook/dp/B00TTBKCNQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1425046744&sr=1-1&keywords=detroit+67 Anyone who has any problems sourcing via any mechanism please pm me as it helps me to sort.
  13. snakepit - spoke to waterstones and working with their distributors to include in their inventory but Waterstones already have the book online as a pre-release, either deliverd or avaliable as click and collect at shops. https://www.waterstones.com/book/detroit-67/cosgrove-stuart/9780993107511
  14. The Amazon blurb says: "It’s January 1967–and one of the worst snowstorms in decades is blanketing Detroit, Michigan. Berry Gordy, owner of Motown Records, is trapped in his home, unable to do anything about the internal war ravaging his most successful group, The Supremes. Diana Ross, Mary Wilson, and Florence Ballard are imploding as Ballard battles alcoholism and the aftermath of rape. But soon, even more chaos will descend on Detroit. As the year heats up, melting the snow, Gordy and his city face one of the most challenging periods of its existence. Experience twelve turbulent months, in twelve chapters, as rising crime, the Vietnam War, underground rock counterculture, and race riots alter the face of Detroit and force soul music studios to shutter their windows. The death toll escalates as Detroit brings its dead home from the jungles of Vietnam–many of them young men from the Motown generation. Live the year of crisis that follows the deterioration of its main characters and twists them into a full-scale legal dispute, potentially unraveling the city’s very heart and soul. Every city has its scars, and every scar has its story. Detroit 67 is the passionate history of Detroit’s darkest periods in the modern era
  15. Sunnysoul. Fair point. Yes you are right but the book focuses on the legal implosions of 1967 which in the November of that year led to a dramatic legal dispute with Holland-Dozier Holland, Florence Ballard and subsequently Gladys Knight and others....You are very generous to the LA experience. But you are right I should have written "personal and legal disputes that negatively impacted on Motown." Dramatic licence. A bit like 'My Baby Must be a Magician' by The Marvelettes I don't think they were dating Penn and Teller


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